'Positive & productive' meeting with Conservatives
04 October 2017
Conservative PCCs showing their support for our Protect The Protectors campaign - l-r Julia Mulligan, David Munro and Katy Bourne
Our Protect The Protectors campaign was top of the agenda at a meeting with the Policing Minister and other MPs and PCCs during the Conservative Party Conference yesterday.
Following a similar event at the Labour Party Conference last week, a contingent of national and local Federation representatives raised issues including the recent 2% pay award - expressing that forces would find it difficult to fund the 1% non-consolidated portion, police funding, single crewing as well as the forthcoming Protect The Protectors bill (introduced by Labour MP Chris Bryant and co-sponsored by Conservative MP Stephen Crabb).
The Policing Minister Nick Hurd said he wanted to understand more about demand and capacity within the service and is undertaking a review of police funding ahead of the Government's Spending Review later this year which will set budgets for 2018/19.
The group also discussed the College of Policing's directives to bring in qualifications and accreditation to the service as well as Direct Entry type schemes and how they impact officers.
National Chair Steve White who attended the event ahead of a roundtable meeting with the Policing Minister said: "Of course the Federation isn't always going to agree with government and we had frank exchanges at times but we have to maintain an open dialogue with decision makers and overall it was a positive and productive meeting.
"National and local representatives were able to talk and debate issues direct with the Policing Minister and other MPs and PCCs which will undoubtedly help with our work to inform and change policy for the benefit of our members."
All attendees stated they are behind our Protect The Protectors campaign which calls for a specific offence to be introduced for assaulting a police officer or other emergency service worker and harsher sentences for those who do punch, kick or spit at officers to help as a deterrent.
Earlier in the day Home Secretary Amber Rudd also gave her backing to the campaign during her speech at the conference, which prompted a round of applause from delegates: "My department is working with the Police Federation on its campaign to Protect The Protectors. We’ve already funded a new police welfare service, we are reviewing the law so the police can pursue the appalling thugs on mopeds who attack people on our streets and we’re also examining whether we need clearer rules so that anyone who assaults an emergency service worker faces a tougher sentence. The police protect us and it’s my job to ensure we protect them."
Conservative representatives in attendance at the meeting:
- Policing Minister Nick Hurd MP (Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner)
- The Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP (Preseli Pembrokeshire, Wales)
- The Rt Hon Mark Francois MP (Rayleigh and Wickford)
- Kemi Badenoch MP (Saffron Walden)
- Bob Seely MP (Isle of Wight)
- Giles Watling MP (Clacton)
- Julia Mulligan PPC for North Yorkshire
- David Munro PCC for Surrey
- Katy Bourne PCC for Sussex
Representatives from the Police Federation:
- Steve White, national Chair
- Mick Hume, national board member
- Sam Roberts, national board member
- Sarah Johnson, Gloucestershire Chair
- John Apter, Hampshire Chair
- Nick Smart, West Yorkshire Chair
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